From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omi)
meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament
this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth
. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara
(see Ruth 1:20).
Though long common as a Jewish name, Naomi
was not typically used as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation
. A notable bearer is the British model Naomi Campbell (1970-).